This report was updated in 2016 to reflect the latest evidence on the costs and impacts of intermittency. The updated report can be found at: http://www.ukerc.ac.uk/programmes/technology-and-policy-assessment/the-costs-and-impacts-of-intermittency-ii.html
An Assessment of the Evidence on the costs and impacts of intermittent generation on the British electricity network.
UKERC's report represents a definitive picture of the costs and impacts of intermittent energy supplied by renewable sources, such as wind. Some commentators have suggested that renewable energy is made much more costly, or is drastically limited by intermittency.
The report finds that these views are out of step with the vast majority of international expert analysis and that intermittency need not present a significant obstacle to the development of renewable sources.
Key OutputsThe Costs and Impacts of Intermittency
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- Methods for Reporting Costs Related to the Capacity Credit of Intermittent Generation Relative to Conventional Generators
- Power System Reserves and Costs with Intermittent Generation
- Intermittency Assessment Scoping Note and Protocol